Nearly half of the businesses with black CEOs cluster around our nation’s capital–in Virginia, Maryland, and the District of Columbia–and a third overall provide services to government agencies. The remaining companies are spread among five Southern states, plus California, Michigan, New York, and New Jersey.

While this is just a sample of the entrepreneurial landscape in America, the U.S. Census Bureau’s data on African American-owned businesses is only a little higher. In its most recent Survey of Business Owners in 2012, a little over 9 percent of companies had black owners–up from 7 percent in 2007.

Even compared with other minority-run businesses on the Inc. 5000, 1.5 percent is low. CEOs who identified as East Asian make up 2.4 percent, and Hispanics or Latinos represent 3.8 percent.